South-east London gangland meets the alternative lifestyle of a travelling fair. Jet Heywood is a fairground boxer past his prime who, after a street brawl, finds himself nursing a head wound. His brother Scott has long wanted out of his dead-end life as a security van driver. When his van disappears with a two million pound payload Jet doesn’t know whether Scott was victim or thief. But Scott’s old gang knows – and they reckon Jet knows where he is.They are an evil crew – Gottfleisch, a gargantuan and sinister fence; Ray Lyons, a vicious thug out for revenge; and little Ticky, a paedophile with his own malevolent aims. When Jet decides to take his eight year old daughter with him on the road the travelling fair provides no hiding place. Hounded by press, police and intrusive social workers – and by his brother’s determined gang – Jet has to fight outside the ring.This is a dark yet moving thriller from ‘one of Britain’s most stylish and uncompromising writers’, moving from the hard streets of south east London to the last fairground boxing booth in Britain.Some reviews of this book:‘His best in ages. Relish the darkness.’ - Time Out‘Two of the most memorably drawn villains Ive come across for quite some time ... A vivid evocation of life on the road with the travelling boxing booth ... An ending that will chill you to the bone.’ - Bob Cornwell in CADS.‘One of Britains best Noir writers, producing dark, powerful novels with a distinctive South London setting. In his novels, humour and humanity flourish in strange places, accentuating - and occasionally redeeming - the bleakness of the setting. ... The combination of an honourable loner, a powerful narrative and an interesting specialist background suggests an unexpected parallel: the novels of Dick Francis.’ - Andrew Taylor in Tangled Web magazine‘James has created an entirely loathsome and creepy pair of criminals (bringing to mind Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre in their roles in the Maltese Falcon) who balance the plucky and admirable father-and-daughter team of Jet and Stella.’ - Publishers Weekly‘Deftly combines chilling suspense and insightful characterization, leaving us both breathless and satisfied after a heart-stopping finale.’ - Peter Handel in the San Francisco Chronicle.